Softball falls to Temple City in penultimate league game

By  Kevin Park & Jordan Xiao

Tiger Staff

The varsity softball team fell 6-2 at home against the Temple City Rams on Wednesday, May 6 in its last home game of the 2015 season. With this loss, the team’s league record falls to 2-9, including an earlier 5-4 loss to Temple City.

The game began with two scoreless innings from each side. In the top of the third, freshman Victoria Venardi made a diving play in right field to put a halt to the Rams’ offensive attack. Soon after, two line drives into right and center field gave the Rams a 2-0 lead. Later, a dropped popup close to third cost South Pas two more runs.

The Tigers answered late in the bottom of the sixth inning. Senior Cassie Baca stepped up to the plate and knocked a two-run homer on the first pitch of her at-bat, reducing the Ram’s lead to 4-2. In the top of the seventh, Temple City increased its lead to 6-2 off a passed ball scoring a runner on third and another RBI single over the into left field. The Tigers came up short in the bottom half of the seventh and lost 6-2.

The game also marked the final home match for seniors Baca and Alexis Shettleroe.

“We played a hard game today. It honestly didn’t feel like we lost because we had a lot of fun and it was a really good way to end our last home game,”  junior Alissa Gentry said. “We are all pretty depressed that we won’t have Cassie and Alexis with us next year on the team and the following years for the underclassmen but we are very excited to see them succeed in softball in college and wish them the best of luck!”
The Tigers hope to steal at least one out of three games against the Rams on Thursday, May 7 at Temple City, in their final game of the season.